New technique for submillimeter-wave reflector construction

Robert N. Martin, Jeffrey S. Kingsley, Robert K. Kingsley

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Several submillimeterwave astronomical telescope projects have recently employed the use of cast aluminum, machined panels for the reflector surface. Although the resulting surface has several advantages, there are also some drawbacks. In particular, the weight per area is relatively high since it is difficult to make elaborate casting details in the backing ribs and there are quality control concerns in the casting process. To address these problems, we have developed an alternate method of forming the metal reflector blank prior to machining. We have used a high grade, proprietary cast aluminum sheet to form over a mold by slumping. Light- weightedbacking ribs are then welded to the rear. The particular application discussed here is a complete 1.5 m submillimeter wave reflector. The technique is of interest for smaller size panels typically used with large, submillimeter wavelength reflectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-727
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventAdvanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 26 1998Mar 26 1998


  • Metal mirror
  • Radio reflector
  • Submillimeter waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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